Job Posting: Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aid

Department of Fish and Wildlife

Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aid

$17.21 - $20.43 per Hour

Final Filing Date: 5/27/2024

Job Description and Duties

Under the supervision of the Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory), incumbent performs the following duties: assist environmental scientists with wildlife field surveys, captures, data analysis, and reporting for various Game Grant projects related primarily to large mammal and avian species management. Assist environmental scientists with wildlife and fisheries habitat conservation and restoration on unstaffed Department-owned lands, including wildlife species surveys, fence maintenance and construction, invasive plant control, trash, and garbage removal, and collecting data to monitor grazing permit use and impacts. Helps conserve wildlife species through documenting and returning public phone calls related to human conflicts with wildlife; presents wildlife conservation and conflict mitigation topics to homeowner groups; helps with field investigations, captures, and management actions related to the region’s Human Wildlife Conflict Program. Wearing a department uniform is required.

Do you enjoy making a difference in wildlife conservation while working outside, hiking, and helping others? Be essential at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), where employees are valued and come together to manage and protect California’s diverse fish, wildlife, and habitats, for their ecological values and public enjoyment! Work with CDFW Wildlife Biologists to help monitor wildlife populations and habitats, and mitigate human-wildlife interactions in beautiful locations throughout the North Central Region of California.

Ability to use Global Positioning Systems to navigate off road and in rough terrain; establish sampling transects in a forested environment, collecting deer fecal samples for DNA sequencing for mark-recapture analysis. The use of spreadsheet software such as Excel and Access for data entry is required. Proficient writing and verbal skills are required. Write field notes and record data, participate in wildlife field captures to support regional wildlife management projects. May collect specimens related to approved research and management. Duties will also include responding to depredation permit requests from the public for possible mortal take of specific wildlife. Incumbent may also assist with preparing for and conducting CDFW special hunts and run hunter check stations.

The Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aid classification is a non-testing classification.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

This position will be located throughout the 17-county North Central Region and possibly other parts of the state, as needed. The incumbent must be willing to work long, irregular hours, including early mornings, evenings, and weekends, and be able to spend multiple, consecutive nights in the field when working on field projects. Job is primarily field based, but also includes office work. Duties may occur under a wide variety of conditions including inclement weather and requires off-trail foot access to study plots in steep/rugged terrain. This position requires the possession of a valid Class C driver’s license. Personal vehicle use may be required. Vehicle expenses and fuel will be reimbursed via monthly mileage claim.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aid
$17.21 - $20.43
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
In Office
Job Type:
Non-Tenured, Intermittent

Department Information

Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) employees are committed to managing and protecting California’s diverse wildlife and the habitats upon which they depend.

California is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. As such, CDFW values diverse employees working together to protect nature for all Californians. CDFW is committed to fostering an inclusive work environment where all backgrounds, cultures and personal experiences can thrive and connect others to our critical mission.

Join us and begin a meaningful new career!
Department Website:

Special Requirements

Efficient responsiveness to program supervisor, wildlife biologists, and scientific aid colleagues while in the field or office. Ability to lift 40 pounds.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 5/27/2024

Who May Apply

This is a non-testing Classification, therefore, anyone meeting the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification may apply for this position. Individuals in specific programs, such as the Welfare to Work Program, are encouraged to apply and will be given priority according to the applicable Laws and Rules. Please note on your application your current participation in these programs.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Fish and Wildlife
Attn: Human Resources Branch
P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Fish and Wildlife
Human Resources Branch
Temporarily Closed
See Filing Instructions
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts
  • Other -

    A Cover Letter is required and must be submitted along with your STD 678 application.

  • Other -

    A valid driver’s license is required. Please include the following Driver's License (DL) information on a separate piece of paper along with a photocopy of the front and back of the license: Name as stated on license, issuing state, DL number, class, and expiration.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

Ability to act professionally, be flexible and tactful. Good time management and sense of geographic direction. Ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups. Ability to work with a team and independently. Attention to details while assisting with wildlife and habitat surveys. In a professional and constructive manner, help find solutions for citizens to "live with wildlife" using non-lethal approaches to mitigating human-wildlife conflicts, whenever practical.

Special Personal Characteristics:

• Enjoy working outdoors, hiking in all types of conditions, and ability to endure long road trips.

• Acceptance of lethal and non-lethal methods of resolving Human Wildlife Conflicts.


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Hiring Unit Contact:
Eric Kleinfelter
(209) 401-8806

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
(916) 902-9211
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Filing Instructions

It is recommended that Application Packages be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at  If applications are mailed, it is recommended that they are sent certified mail as we are unable to verify receipt.   Applications that do not follow the Filing Instructions – list the Position & RPA Numbers (submit transcripts and driver’s license information, if applicable) may not be considered.  Only apply for one Job Control (JC) per application.


Please reference Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aid - 565-281-0835-905 and E-R2 W 23-021 to -035   JC-427449  on your application.


This advertisement may be used to fill additional vacancies for this JC.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail